WATCH: Parler CEO Gets It, “People Say Crazy Things All The Time… You Shouldn’t Be Taken Offline Because Of It.”
- November 18, 2020
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Social Media
In a recent interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, Parler CEO John Matze discussed the difference between Parler and the other social media giants. Here is what he had to say.
What we are seeing is a massive explosion of growth because people are trust Parler is going to do the right thing. As opposed to these other companies where moderation seems to be the norm, on Parler we have a community jury. This is where the people decide what is allowed and what is not allowed.
You’re judged by your peers just like our government allows for people. You’re innocent until proven guilty unlike these other platforms that are colluding too, I guess, to find things you’re guilty for. So, you know, really we just want to sit back and say social media was supposed to be about the people.
It was supposed to be about people having a free voice. Being able to be liberated from restrictions. And so that’s what we’re here to offer. A community town square for people to have discussions.John Matze, Parler CEO, Tucker Carlson Tonight
Tucker then inquired why corporate media would be fearful of what Parler is trying to do, here was Matze’s response:
I always ask them, you know, what do you think of the first amendment? Do you believe we should have someone in New York, let’s say, in the middle of Time’s Square telling you what you can and can not say? Because that’s what these companies are doing.
I don’t know why they’re so afraid. Maybe it’s because they don’t like that people are getting power again. You know, you mention that Parler was a little bit smaller than Twitter but we do have people who have comparable, if not larger followings on Parler than they do on Twitter and they’re seeing far more engagement.
There’s a neutral algorithm here, you get what you signed up for, and that’s it. You get what you expect. And so that’s why we’re seeing such great engagement because it’s not being curated like publishers would do. Like they are on these other platforms.John Matze, Parler CEO, Tucker Carlson Tonight
Tucker then asks Matze if he thinks the company can maintain this stance even if the company grows as large as Twitter or even Facebook. There will be tremendous pressure from enemies to censor those who say horrible things on the network, here is what Matze said in response:
Well, you know, if you go out in public people say crazy things all the time. Everybody has opinions and some of them might not be the norm, right? But it’s not against the law to have those opinions.
It’s not against the law to express yourself. If you like one political candidate, or another. Or if you do believe or don’t believe in climate change or whatever it might be, you shouldn’t be taken offline because of it.John Matze, Parler CEO, Tucker Carlson Tonight
Tucker’s response says it all, “Exactly.” John Matze is clearly a guy who gets it. Censoring and attempting to play thought police are not only unsustainable, but outright immoral and unconstitutional. Matze spoke in a previous interview and expressed his concerns that Facebook, Twitter, and Google have gone too far with their censorship.
How can one modify their own beliefs when they are unable to freely express them? It is the free exchange of ideas that develops into conversation. Those conversations are what formulate people’s world-views. If we are only “allowed” to have “certain conversations” then we cut the root by which constructive dialogue can take place.
The Parler social network is a great alternative to Twitter and the platform is reminiscent to Twitter prior to the implementation of “sensitivity” filters after the 2016 election. There was a recent mass exodus of users from Facebook and Twitter to the Parler social network. The exodus was so large it temporarily caused performance issues to the Parler service.